Have you seen the new trailer for the upcomingFootloose remake? Oh man, it looks bad. Real bad, Michael Jackson! No, real bad, Joe Jackson! Reimagined as a musical (or something?) by MTV, this seemingly carbon copy (except for the whole ‘musical’ aspect) has been a long time coming. Zac Efron was originally slated to play Ren MacCormack (Kevin Bacon’siconic starring role)way back in 2009, but pulled out of the project. Then, it was Chace Crawford’s turn at possible movie stardom, but he pulled out last year. The current Ren is an unfortunately named professional dancer Kenny Wormald, best known for his role in something called Center Stage: Turn It Up (the Center Stage made-for-tv sequel, perhaps?). Hey, it’s the only role he’s had with an actual character name!
Anyway, Footloose 2: This is Not Kevin Bacon’s Boogaloo stars this Kenny kid, Dancing With the Stars(and Proactive spokeswoman) dancer Julianne Hough as love interest and preacher’s kid slash ‘bad girl’ Ariel Moore, Dennis Quaid has the Jon Lithgow stern dad preacher role of Shaw Moore, and Andie MacDowell slums it by playing his wife, Vi (the Dianne Wiest role). And that’s about it for people I’ve heard of! Some randoms play the Sarah Jessica Parker and Christopher Penn sidekick roles, and there appear to be people of color in this version, and fancy school bus racing instead of tractors (lame! LAME!), and there is all kinds of crazy dancing. Line dancing, grinding, gymnastics–you name it, looks like these kids (who don’t know how to dance because they were all in junior high when the 5 high school seniors died, amirite?!) do it. Kids these days. Too bad KennyWormald is no feathery haired Kevin Bacon.
Take a look at the trailer. Footloosehas been MTV-ed.
Barbara Walters and the newest member of Jersey Shore, General Patrón-us
Every year The View’s Barbara Walters delivers her “Most Fascinating People” special, and every year she proves how boring and old she is with her choices. Sorry Babwa Wawa, but just because someone got mentioned on Twitter a lot (it’s in the computer machine, I’ll explain later Barb) does not make them “fascinating.” This year’s fascinating people include General Petraeus, who is apparently fascinating because he does his job well; Justin Bieber, because he gives young girls seizures; Sarah Palin, because she still won’t go away; Jennifer Lopez, because Barbara got confused and thought it was 1999; Betty White, because she’s still alive; Kate Middleton, because she is marrying someone who Americans don’t care about; and of course the cast of Jersey Shore, because America is doomed.
I’ll give her Sandra Bullock and Mark Zuckerberg since they did have interesting years (though I don’t know if I would categorize “getting famously cheated on” or “being outed as a jerky egomaniac” as fascinating, per se), but I don’t agree with any of these other choices. So, without further ado, I present my Most Fascinating People of 2010:
1. Conan O’Brien - How did you skip this one Barb?! He became the newest host of the longest running and most prestigious late night chat show in history, The Tonight Show, and became it’s most quickly dispatched of host in the same year! Thanks to the less than upstanding ways of NBC and Jay Leno, Conan was forced to make a stand for his time-slot and ended up getting the boot, landing on TBS with his second TV show in the span of a year. Plus an entire grassroots movement, Team Coco, gathered around him in his time of need!
2. Antoine Dodson - If you’ve been on the internet, you’ve seen Antoine Dodson and his now infamously auto-tuned rants about attackers in the projects. Somehow he even turned this viral fame into enough cash to buy a new house and countless cameos in commercials, TV specials and web shows. Getting rich and famous based on a news report about sexual crimes in the ghetto is a lot more fascinating than Justin Bieber’s haircut! And Dodson has better hair anyway!
3. Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson - One of them went crazy in a hotel while naked with a porn star locked in his bathroom. The other made a series of hateful, vile phone calls to his wife that culminated in him threatening to bury her in a rose garden (at least I think that’s what he said through all that heavy breathing). How is that NOT fascinating? Get these two guys in a room and let them hash it out Barbara!
4. Randy Quaid - Randy Quaid (you know, the weird guy from National Lampoon’s Vacationand Independence Day) is actually muuuccchhh weirder in real life. After several run-ins with the law, including squatting in a house him and his wife claimed to own, a warrant was put out for the arrest of Randy and his wife so they fled to Canada. But why do they claim they had to move form house to house and eventually to Canada? Because of “Hollywood Star Whackers,” a shadowy group hell-bent on killing the world’s top entertainers. He claims they have already killed Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson, as well as made attempts on the lives of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, so of course the next big star on their list is…Randy Quaid? Really Randy, you don’t think your brother Dennis Quaid might make that list before you? Still, you have to admit it’s pretty fascinating! In the most clinically insane way possible!
5. David Hasselhoff - Yes, there was the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff this year. Yes, his new reality show The Hasselhoffs premiered. Yes, his new reality show The Hasselhoffs was canceled after 2 episodes. But none of that matter. The picture of The Hoff below is why he is one of the most fascinating people of 2010. Because if you see this and don’t immediately think of at least 100 fascinating questions, something is wrong with you.
It’s been a while since Erin and I have taken major interest in any celebrity news (well, other than Celebrity Apprentice)! I want Mr. Bret Michaels to win, but I thinkSharon Osbourne will make it to the end, crushing everyone beneath her stilettos and withering British accent. Could you imagine if it came down to the two of them? I’d be zoot alors-ing all over the place!
Anyway! Seems like shocking celebrity news took a bit of time off around the Oscars, and since the celebrities on Celebrity Fit Club and the aforementioned Celebrity Apprentice don’t really count as celebrities, let’s delve into some gossip, shall we?
Firstly, Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet are splitsville! Just when you thought those two crazy kids had what it takes… but really, everybody knows the key to a successful relationship is to not work together. Revolutionary Roadmust’ve really done a number on them.
Secondly, Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats have officially begun making appearances as a couple. Swizz is currently going through a messy divorce from wife Mashonda, which has gotten messier due to an open letter Mashonda wrote accusing Alicia of (as dlisted put it) “Sienna Miller-ing her marriage.”
Thirdly, Michael Jackson’s estatehas signed the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years. Upside: one of the albums will be of never-before-released recordings that will come out in November. Downside: guess we’ll start hearing his iconic work in advertising, movies, and video games. Lame, but expected. [source]
In happier news (kind of), Howard Stern called Gabourey Sidibe “the most enormous fat black chick I’ve ever seen,” and her mom, Alice Tan Ridley, called him out on it. Yay for moms! [source]
And, in even happier news, I watched Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty last night. While Jess and her friends CaCee Cobb and Ken Paves are not the most, um, worldly travelers (practically barfing over eating a mealworm? Puhleeze!), their hearts seems to be in the right place. I’m a bit divided on this show—on the one hand, Jess and her friends probably have nothing but the best of intentions as they travel and learn about different beauty standards. On the other hand, this is VH1, and they’re not exactly PBS when it comes to documentary-style shows. And, the show is produced by Jess’ famewhore dad, Joe Simpson. He’s not exactly known for impartial judgement.
One more thing: Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves will have babies together if Jess is still unattached by the time she turns 40. [source]
Ok, ONE more one more thing: Lady Gaga is going to be on Glee!!!! [source]
No, your cable guide wasn’t lying last night, American Idol’s Top 10 ladies were actually supposed to perform, but Crystal Bowersox (she of hippie hair, harmonica accoutrement and, let’s just put it out there: wonky teeth) was hospitalized for an alleged diabetes-related complication. Eep! Luckily, she’s expected to be ok to perform tonight so hopefully it isn’t too serious. She is my fave, after all.
With a quick switcheroo, the Top 10 men took the stage instead and while they were better than last week’s trainwreck, they weren’t moving mountains with those performances. Yawn, snooze, repeat. Catch the recap and videos below if you’re in need of some ZZZzzs (clips fromMJ).
Michael Lynche – “This is a Man’s World” by James Brown: Big Mike’s got that lovable teddy bear personality working in his favor. I’m not into the song’s slow pacing and his performance isn’t 100% genuine for me (an issue I had with the majority of fellas last night), but there’s nothing really wrong with his vocals and the judges are impressed. Simon says it’s Mike’s best performance to date. Really? Ehhhhh. -VIDEO
John Park – “Gravity” by John Mayer: Oh, John, you and your adorable face and your Justin Bieber haircut… It’s just not going to be enough to get you to the end. Why? As the judges mentioned, he lacks emotional connection to his performances. Certainly he improved over last week’s “God Bless the Child”, but he didn’t have the magnetism to keep my interest while propped up on a stool in a white t-shirt. It was blah and Simon thinks he’s in danger, Will Robinson. DANGER. – VIDEO
Casey James – “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw: I love this song, but for some reason Casey didn’t look too believable on the electric guitar. It came off as hokey pokey, almost like he was a guy playing Rock Band in his living room. I dunno. He’s got a nice smile, but his grinning during the song took away from the lyrics and performance. The judges also mentioned a stiffness about him and that he lacked the gritty voice to dig into the song. Even Kara the Cougar really laid into him, saying he took “two steps back” by focusing on his guitar over his singing. American likes Casey though, and he’s one of the better males, so I hope he sticks around (even though America was idiot about its elimination choices last week - more on that later). – VIDEO
Alex Lambert – “Everybody Knows” by John Legend: It’s the season of weird hair-dos on Idol. Awkward, awkward Alex and his ridiculous “look at me” mullet… I think Tyler Grady definitely out-performed him last week, and shouldn’t have been booted over him. Sigh. Alex has crazy bags under his eyes - is that from stress/lack of sleep… or just his face? Anyway, he’s very Jason Mraz-y. He plays his guitar (probably to avoid his white-knuckled, double-fisted microphone grip from last week). It definitely helps ease his posture and is an improvement over last week. But again, very mellow and not something that got my blood pumping. The judges really want to encourage him, however, and focus on the positive aspects. They like his distinctive voice and push him to stop being so anxious because he’s got what it takes. I may have been making a skeptical stank face during their comments. He’s not my cup of tea. – VIDEO
Todrick Hall – “What’s Love Got to do with It” by Tina Turner: Todrick covers another diva this week - none other than Ms. Tina Turner. Oh helll naw! I immediately get into a defensive stance and give my TV a warning look like, “Don’t mess with Tina Turner!” But he does. And it’s not very good (but also NOT a disaster like last week’s Kelly Clarkson butchering). It looks incredibly corny, especially with his overdone open-and-close-fist-to-demonstrate-passion gestures. His singing had some almost-there moments, but overall wasn’t too stellar either. The judges are very critical and question his song choice and the arrangement. “Where’s the Todrick we loved?” they ask. I smell trouble for him. – VIDEO
Jermaine Sellers – “What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye: I’ll give Jermaine one thing - he made me chuckle talking about how he “rocks the onesie” pajamas. Annnnd that’s pretty much it. For starters, his hair looks distractingly odd - it’s in some weird faux-hawk, but not.. like he just shaved his hair up into a point at the center of his noggin. will.i.am does it better. Yet ANOTHER slow, sloooow song and he doesn’t bring enough soul or passion to its message. His vibrato is out of control and his vocal runs are up, down, to, fro. The judges tell him as much: they want him to stop trying to do too much “performing” and just connect to the song’s lyrics and melody. Jermaine confronts the judges and almost demands them to choose a song for him next week. Rather than play along, Simon answers coolly, “I don’t know if you’ll be here next week.” BAM! – VIDEO
Andrew Garcia – “You Give Me Something” by James Morrison: Poor Andrew, everyone had such high hopes for him after the Paula Abdul “Straight Up” take. He hasn’t been able to recreate that genius, and the judges won’t stop reminding him that he “can’t live up to it”. Way to give the guy some hope. He’s not so bad tonight, actually. I know I’m sounding like a parrot, but it was another disappointingly slooow song. However, even though he’s toning it down - on a stool and sans guitar - he, unlike John Park, has a distinct, reedy voice that gets my attention and he’s more present as a performer. Of course, let me beat the dead horse and say: It doesn’t live up to his “Straight Up” acoustic arrangement :) – VIDEO
Aaron Kelly – “My Girl” by the Temptations: Aaron is a cutie pie youngster, but this was not good. He’s trying to show his confidence, but he was still gawky and there was some nerrrvous, shaky vibratto going out of control there. I do like his country twang, but this wasn’t the right song for him. The judges try to be very gentle with him and keep reminding America that Aaron’s “just 16 years old!” Simon is the only one with the guts to say, “I didn’t like the song, it was all over the place… you went backwards.” – VIDEO
Tim Urban – “Come On Get Higher” by Matt Nathanson: Tim is on my shizz list because he ABSOLUTELY should have gone home last week after he murdered “Apologize” and proceeded to kick its lifeless body over and over with his off-off key falsetto. Both Tyler Grady and Joe Munoz were much better. I know he has amazing hair and his serial killer stare attracts young girls, but he was undeniably horrendous and I want justice! Anyway, Tim’s on guitar this time, looking like a Furby. He’s better than last week, but still super pitchy throughout the song. All of the judges say it was not that great, which is a shame since he’s a hottie with a guitar. Simon actually goes against the grain and says he likes Tim’s attitude and work ethic - he thought it was great. WTF. – VIDEO
Lee Dewyze – “Lips of an Angel” by Hinder: So far, Lee continues to be my favorite guy because at least his voice has that gravely tone and he picks decent songs for himself. He just needs to calm his nerves and maybe bust out the guitar again so he feels more confident. The judges like his voice, his passion and Simon thinks he’s got the best voice of the guys. They also tell him to believe in himself so his nerves don’t take away from his performance. – VIDEO
Your thoughts? Which lad was bad and which lad made you glad (…just go with it)? Or are you like me and could care less, and rather just watch the Top 10 American Idol ladies perform tonight?
The poll’s different this week: Which guy gave the WORST performance of the night? You’ve got your pick of the litter!
Eep, last night’s debut of the Top 12 American Idol lads was what the kids call “a wack attack”. Not a positive first impression, and at times painful to watch or listen to. Oh dear. We know the ladies are stronger this season, but with their mixed performances on Tuesday, it’s too bad that more of the men couldn’t manage to outshine them.
Not to say there weren’t a few solid performances (Lee DeWyze and Casey James were my favorites), but pretty underwhelming overall compared to the women. Someone needs to whip these boys into shape on their vocals and stage presence! Recap and video clips ahead (thanks to MJ)!
Todrick Hall - “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson: As a lady, I love shout-singing this pop anthem in my shower, car, or head, so I was really interested to hear a male cover of it and see what “dancer, Broadway star, singer” Todrick would bring to the tune. He took a big, BIG risk by re-working it into a.. erm… what was that? A funk/soul cover? Well, it was FUNKED UP in the worse sense for me. The tempo had fits and starts, the power of the chorus was completely stripped and it was all made worse by Todrick’s showboating performance. He was doing a lot of way dramatic Michael Jackson-esque dance moves that distracted me. I appreciate the effort, but unfortunately it didn’t come together at all. *sad trombone*. Ellen likes his performance and risk, but thought the chorus was “rough”. Randy and Kara both wanted Todrick to just feature his powerful voice and not try too hard because the original song was “obliterated” by his extreme changes. Simon says he came off as “a dancer trying to sing” rather than the other way around and adds that it was “crazy…murdered the original song…verging on stupid.” I tended to agree with Simon all night long, btw. Tough love! – VIDEO
Aaron Kelly – “Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts: This lil babyfaced boy is just 16 and tends to forget lyrics a lot. He’s cute with a nice voice for country, but on-stage his body language was very “clenched” and nervous. Poor little guy! American gals may love his puppy dog attitude though and keep him around for awhile. Could he be this year’s David Archuleta? All of the judges try to give Aaron some confidence, reminding him that he’s got the voice and just needs to believe in himself so the nerves don’t come off on-stage. They feel he’ll survive the cut. – VIDEO
Jermaine Sellers – “Get Here” by Oleta Adams: Jermaine is apologetic and has a sense of humor about his “throwing the band under the bus” behavior in Hollywood. He looks great, but he didn’t do this classic song justice. First of all, it’s an old song which did him no favors, but in general he oversang it with crazy runs going up and down and hitting notes that were way off. I couldn’t focus on the lyrics or melody of the song at all. The judges agreed: Ellen felt he was focusing on “performing” rather than sinking into the song itself and delivering it with some honesty. Randy makes a good suggestion that Jermaine try more contemporary artists like Ne-Yo or Maxwell. Kara says he needs to make those melody changes and runs more “meaningful” rather than just doing it to show-off. Simon is the harshest and thinks Jermaine ruined his chances with all of the over-singing/screaming. – VIDEO
Tim Urban – “Apologize” by OneRepublic: Tim was called back to the Top 24 after Chris Golightly was cut for having an existing contract. He’s a mop-topped, good looking kid who reminds me of Topher Grace, but lord almiiighty, this was one of the worst performances of the night! He couldn’t hit a single falsetto note and those are the most impactful notes of this song! Why choose a song you can’t sing, dawg? His nerves also really come across the screen and he doesn’t blink a lot so there are moments of creepy, serial killer staring into the camera. Wooo, that was awful - definitely not the comeback he was hoping for, I’m sure. Simon is not happy and lets Tim know he shouldn’t have been put in the Top 24 (ouch!), but thinks girls may just keep him around for his good looks. The other three judges agree that it was a bad performance and wrong song choice that didn’t highlight his voice. If he survives, he needs to work really hard on the singing… for this singing competition. – VIDEO
Joe Munoz – “You and I” by Jason Mraz: We haven’t seen much of Joe at all so far. He does a decent cover of the song, although it’s a bit heavy on the vibrato. There’s nothing particularly amazing about it though, and I can’t see him bathing in the confetti shower come finale time… The judges thought it was a safe performance that wasn’t notably horrible, but that’s not going to be enough to get him to the end so he’s got to pump up the charisma and pick better songs. – VIDEO
Tyler Grady – “American Woman” by the Guess Who: I liked Tyler from his original audition. The “1970’s rock” vibe was endearing back then, but tonight it got old really fast. He was mimicking a lot of the Jim Morrison-esque movements, but it felt sort of tentative and lazy at times. His vocals weren’t anything to write home about either. He reminded me of Greg Brady trying to be Mick Jagger. Also, sidenote: that chin and jaw are outta control, y’all! They’re massive! The judges pretty much say the same (minus the jaw/chin comment): Tyler’s taking the 1970’s rocker gimmick too far and since he doesn’t own the persona, it’s coming off as false. Just superficial and without the talent and X-factor to back it up. – VIDEO
Lee DeWyze – “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol: Knowing nothing about Lee beyond his knit cap and guitar from Hollywood week, I was pleasantly surprised by him and he was my favorite of the night. I love his gravely rock voice. I thought his rearrangement of the song was great too, although he had a few pitchy moments in the chorus. The judges all like his voice but are mixed about his song choice. Ellen liked it until he started “screaming it too much”, Randy thought the song wasn’t hard rock enough to show off Lee’s vocal tone and suggests Kings of Leon (me liiike, Randy. Thanks for giving better advice this season). Kara didn’t like the arrangement and suggests Bad Company. Simon tells Lee to ignore her advice and instead just take songs from different genres and give them a rock edge, like David Cook did. – VIDEO
John Park – “God Bless the Child”: I was looking forward to this because I remember John’s Chicago audition, but they failed to show much of him from Hollywood. He’s got a lovely, low voice, but this song was pretty bad. He didn’t connect to it, and therefore also lost the connection to the audience. Uh ohs! Simon says there was no emotion and it was “a pointless performance”. Kara agrees, saying it was “loungy, sleepy, almost indulgent”. Randy and Ellen liked the performance, but felt the song was too old for him. Unfortunately, they’re not sure where he fits in the contemporary music scene (bad sign) so they don’t have suggestions for what genres he should tackle. Good luck, John… – VIDEO
Michael Lynche – “This Love” by Maroon Five: After that somber act, it’s all uphill for Big Mike! He’s massive. I mean, so buff that he makes a full-sized guitar look like a ukelele. Anyway, he’s got a lot of energy, bouncing around a lot and sings the song in his soulful style. It’s not outta the ballpark, but an improvement over some of the duds we’ve heard tonight. All of the judges love Mike’s energy and personality, but Simon cuts to the chase and says if the other guys didn’t suck so much, they’d be finding more fault with Mike’s performance because it was too safe and a pretty forgettable. I’m not too pleased with how defensive Mike gets about the critiques. He’s overly familiar and jokey with the judges and doesn’t seem to take their criticism to heart. Ellen warns him about not being cocky just because America liked his back story. He needs to challenge himself as a singer. – VIDEO
Alex Lambert – “Wonderful World” by James Morrison: Wow, this guy with the mullet is not my bag, baby. It’s not just the hair really (though his mullet-haired, sunglasses-indoors style cause me to roll my eyes) - this was an extremely awkward performance. He was clutching the mic for dear life with both hands and he looked petrified. Yikes, no thanks. Simon agrees and declares it “the most uncomfortable performance of the night”. The other judges echo the sentiment - they think Alex’s voice sounds like James Morrison’s, but he’s not natural on-stage and it hinders his performance. He needs to pull it together! – VIDEO
Casey James – “Heaven” by Bryan Adams: Pretty boy Casey has taken down his flowing blonde locks, propped onto a stool with his guitar and unbuttoned his shirt halfway down his chest - so let’s begin! Cue Kara acting stupid and fawning over him. It’s actually a really nice performance overall, very genuine despite the distraction of having Kara, Randy and Simon goofing off as he sang. He’s the second best performer of the night for me (dawg). After more annoying comments about his physical appearance, the judges get serious and say that Casey chose a good song and delivered it with sincerity. They like him (for more than just his looks). – 1-866-436-5711 – VIDEO
Andrew Garcia – “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fallout Boy: I’m sure everyone was waiting to hear Andrew since he’s been really compelling to watch during the audition process (who can forget his acoustic cover of Paula’s “Straight Up”?). Unfortunately, I didn’t get into this acoustic arrangement of “Sugar We’re Going Down”. I adore the song and felt its impact was lost in his delivery. It lost the pep of the original version and there wasn’t anything special added in Andrew’s rendition (no irony or fresh approach to the lyrics, which good acousticized songs tend to have). Simon is also disappointed and felt it wasn’t original enough and was too serious. Kara doesn’t think the arrangement worked in his favor. Randy and Ellen agree that it was a let-down and Andrew needs to open up and show more of his natural personality without trying too hard. Tough night! – VIDEO
Tonight (yes, a THIRD night of American Idol this week) is the results show where 2 guys and 2 gals will be weeded out from the Top 24. I can see Jermaine Sellers, Tim Urban, Lacey Brown and Paige Miles leaving - what do you think? On another note, I’m excited to see last year’s contestants Allison Iraheta and Kris Allen perform. Y’all know I love me some Allison!
Which guy delivered the best performance in your opinion? Vote in our poll!
Calling all music lovers, the 52nd Grammy Awards are on this Sunday!
Expect a ton of stars to attend and perform: a little Gaga here, some B.E.P. over there, here a Green Day, there an Elton John, everywhere a T-Pain! Not to mention a 3-D tribute (wtf?) to Michael Jackson and a Bon Jovi performance that viewers can determine (how can you consider anything other than “Livin’ On a Prayer”? Vote at CBS.com)!
Beyonce leads the pack with 10 nominations, but folks are predicting that Miss Taylor Swift will be snatching up an armful of clunky, gold, phonograph-shaped trophies for her album Fearless. This has really been Taylor’s year (even the Kayne West/MTV Video Music Awards fiasco ended up being a “Team Taylor!”-rallying blessing for her).
Album of the Year » Beyoncé, I Am … Sasha Fierce » The Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D. » Lady Gaga, The Fame » Dave Matthews, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King » Taylor Swift, Fearless
Record of the Year » Beyoncé, “Halo” » The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling” » Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody” » Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” » Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me”
Song of the Year » Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” » Taylor Swift, “You Belong With Me” » Lady Gaga, “Poker Face” » Maxwell, “Pretty Wings” » Kings of Leon, “Use Somebody”
Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals » The Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling” » Bon Jovi, “We Weren’t Born to Follow” » The Fray, “Never Say Never” » Hall & Oates, “Sara Smile” » MGMT, “Kids”
Catch the Grammy Awards this Sunday, January 31st, 8PM ET/PT on CBS. And vote in our poll for who YOU’D like to see take home the Album of the Year award!
Tonight our Top 8 dance-dance-DANCED for us on So You Think You Can Dance. We got Mia Michaels as a guest judge along with “who invited her to the party?” talk-show host, Ellen DeGeneres.K, I like her, but just cuz Ellen does goofy dancing on her show doesn’t mean she’s an expert for the panel. Sers! We got new couples and the judges all refused to use adverbs proper(LY), but let’s move on to the dancing.
Each pair did two numbers and then all 8 dancers did a solo. Videos (from MJ) and recaps below:
MY BOTTOM GUY & GIRL:Evan Kasprzak & MelissaSandvig (she’s actually one of my faves but I’m being objective here)
GROUP ROUTINE: Choreographed by Travis Wall - “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolph ft. Lil Wayne (VIDEO): The dancers are all doing some hippity Contemporary to this rock/Hip Hop song, wearing Lite Brites and glowing Geordi LaForge visors in the dark. It was aight, can’t complain. Janette Manrara & Evan Kasprzak - Jazz by Sonya Tayeh - “Move” by CSS (VIDEO): For me, it’s Evan’s time to go home this week. He just doesn’t bring enough passion and ownership of the dances compared to the other three guys. He has the “aw shucks”, shrugged shoulders attitude which may work for old fashioned Broadway style dancing, but makes his other performances so pedestrian. I was focused on Janette during most of this number cuz she hit the moves like boom, boom, pow(!), and Evan, well, he was there in the background…
Janette & Evan - 2nd Dance - Rumba by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin - “Heartless” by Kris Allen (VIDEO): Wow, this song sounded way better when Kris “Monkey Jaw” Allen sang it on American Idol. Again, Janette stole the spotlight and I thought I saw Evan falter in the beginning and at the end on some steps, but the judges didn’t mention it so maybe I’m cuhrazeh? I preferred Melissa & Ade’s Rumba from a few weeks ago to this one. A little dark and empty for me.
Jeanine Mason & Brandon Bryant - Waltz by Hunter Johnson - “May It Be” by Hayley Westenra (VIDEO): Wow, SNOOZE CRUISE alert! Poor Jeanine got stuck wearing this totally unflattering canary yellow dress. The judges weren’t too pleased with this Waltz and neither was I. It was so uninteresting, especially coming from two of the strongest dancers of the season. I thought these two would be a dream couple, but this Waltz did them ZERO favors. Yeech. Skip it!
Jeanine & Brandon - 2nd Dance - Pop Jazz by Laurieann Gibson - “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks (VIDEO): This dance was a big improvement, but I was NOT feeling it as much as the cracked out judges. Nigel was suddenly raving like a mad man about how much he loved it, and he sort of peer pressured Mary into Hot Tamale Train-ing the dance. What I liked was the energy and strength, but I had problems with the fact that Jeanine was slightly ahead of Brandon’s moves in parts of the dance! Right? Who else caught that? They definitely weren’t that together so I was distracted - it was like the “boot camp” rehearsals with Laurieann effed with Jeanine’s head so she was overcompensating to keep up with her partner. Still, they got the judges’ love and methinks America loves them too - should be safe tomorrow.
Melissa Sandvig & Ade Obayomi - Cha-Cha by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin - “Yeah (Como Goza Mi Morena)” by Chino Espinoza Y Los Dueños Del Sol (VIDEO): I was so happy to see Melissa & Ade reunite, but yikes, this dance wasn’t good at all. Love her old ass as I do, Melissa was really weak in the Cha-Cha. She didn’t possess much fire or hip action and looked uncomfortable attempting to do so and that was all I could focus on. Unfortunately, because this was one of the weakest dances, I think Melissa may be going home tomorrow. The other three gals are just incredibly strong and deserve to stay longer. The only highlight was Ellen’s tongue-in-cheek comment, mocking the terrible puns that usually come from Mary and Nigel, “Are you two carpenters? …Cuz you NAILED it!” (Note: Ellen didn’t have anything bad/constructive to say about any dance tonight, so her reviews don’t really count).
Melissa & Ade - 2nd Dance - Contemporary by Tyce DiOrio - “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell (VIDEO): So this emotional dance about breast cancer had every judge on the panel in absolute tears (except Ellen). Yes, that means Nigel was choked up and crying, Mary’s tears left tracks in her make-up and Mia was absolutely sobbing during her critique. I love this song, I love this couple, I loved the emotion Melissa brought to it, I loved Ade’s sweet strength, but I was honestly more moved by the judges’ reactions than by the dance itself. Maybe I just had really high expectations because I’d heard rumors that it was so powerful… but I’m not sure I agree with Nigel that this is one for the SYTYCDhistory books. I’ll remember it for breaking down the judges, but the dance itself wasn’t too memorable for me.
Kayla Radomski & Jason Glover - Broadway by Tyce DiOrio - “Mr. Monotony” from Jerome Robbins Broadway by Kim Criswell (VIDEO): This was a swanky, smooth number. I appreciated Kayla’s dancing tonight more than the other girls - she has grace, style and performs really well as each “character”. Her personality off the dance floor? Well, that’s another story (a.k.a. bor-ring!). Grandpappy Radomski was back in the audience just splitting at the seams with pride and, as I always say, he’s the real reason why I like watching Kayla dance.
Kayla & Jason - 2nd Dance - Hip Hop by Shane Sparks - “They’re Everywhere” by Izza Kizza (VIDEO): After his previous Hip Hop numbers failed this season, I’m sure Mr. Sparks was out for redemption. Luckily, he had strong dancers as a resource and made a Michael JacksonThriller-esque zombie dance. It was very entertaining and Kayla & Jason have good chemistry together. I do wonder how Tabitha & Napoleon felt after hearing Nigel say he’d been disappointed in the Hip Hop this season? Back-stabbed!
Kayla Radomski’s solo - “The Moment I Said It” by Imogen Heap (VIDEO): One of Kayla’s better solos in the past weeks. She showed a lot of control, really breathed into her movements and hit some beautiful lines.
JasonGlover’s solo - “…Slowdance On The Inside” by Taking Back Sunday (VIDEO) - Pretty boring, actually. Just lots of split leaps and stuff.
JanetteManrara’s solo - “Seduces Me” by Celine Dion (VIDEO) - She slowed it down and I really missed her quick, hot Salsa solos. It was okay, but not much of a stand-out for me.
Ade Obayomi’s solo - “Hater” by Various Artists Production (VIDEO) - A much, much improved solo from last week’s. His musicality was way stronger on this number and he was unique, a little odd, and did some powerful leaps and spins - please keep Ade, America! How can you resist that cheshire cat smile?
Melissa Sandvig’s solo - “Headless” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (VIDEO) - Totally more interesting than last week’s slooow ballet solo. It came off a bit 80’s and Flashdance-y, but that’s not really a bad thing. I just don’t know if it’s enough to save her. Waaah.
Evan Kasprazak’s solo -“Old Devil Moon” by Jamie Cullum (VIDEO) - He dropped his prop hat and had crazy armpit sweat stains, but I thought he was charming and loved the flip he did. (That doesn’t change the fact that I want him to go home already.)
Jeanine Mason’s solo - “Let the Drummer Kick” by Citizen Cope (VIDEO): Vewy intewesting. Man, Jeanine is thick, isn’t she? It’s sorta distracting, but that’s not to say she isn’t very talented. Nice song selection on her part, and was one of the best girls’ solos of the night.
Brandon Bryant’s solo -performed to “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band (VIDEO): Brandon is a pack of dynamite. I could watch him dance for hours. Keep this mofo around, even if he’s kinda annoying in rehearsal footage.
Tomorrow night is the big, FAT 100th So You Think You Can Danceepisode EXTRAVAGANZA!We’ll be graced with Wade Robson, famous routines from past seasons (I hope they’ll be re-danced by previous contestants, but I won’t hold my breath) and Katie Holmes dances a tribute to Judy Garland. Plus, we find out which guy and gal get sent home - it’s getting tough to predict… Be sure to tune in!
Woohoo! I’m happy with tonight’s So You Think You Can Danceelimination - the judges made the right choice and came up with an “everybody wins” compromise. More ahead and videos (by MJ) from tonight’s episode:
GROUP DANCE: Tabitha & Napoleon choreographed this Hip Hop routine to “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes. True to the song title, everyone was dressed as soldiers (originally I thought their military jackets were inspired as a Michael Jackson tribute - PIC - maybe they were…more on this next). It was entertaining and you can’t beat the awesome White Stripes jam, but the group wasn’t fully together in spots. VIDEO
So the BAD news (you’ll get the pun in a sec): The totally tubular Michael Jackson dance special they were planning (dances of all styles to M.J.’s music) was not approved by Sony or the Jackson family estate. Nigel says they couldn’t get the songs cleared. *sad trombone*
But onto worse news: who’s getting cut tonight? First, we find out that Caitlin and Jason are in the Bottom 3 and better-than-sliced-bread couple Janette and Brandon are safe. Totally agree. I haven’t been on the Caitlin-Jason train at all. Both lovely dancers, I’m sure, but just blaaaaah together. VIDEO
Next we find out that Team Short Stuff, Randi and Evan, are SAFE (despite Evan’s weak performance last night) and Jeanine and Phillip are in the Bottom. I sort agree with that, too. Not so much that Jeanine deserved to be in the bottom, but c’MON. It’s time Phillip go home! I wished both of these couples were in the bottom and wasn’t looking forward to find out if Kayla and Kupono or Melissa and Ade were in trouble (I like both couples!). VIDEO
Well, it was a lose-lose: Melissa and Ade are in the Bottom 3 for the first time this season. Booooo–butttt, I’m happy that Kayla and Kupono are safe. It’s a close call because both couples had one strong number and one weaker number last night. For Melissa and Ade, their Disco number was hot hot hot and their Waltz was aiiight. Kayla and Kupono’s Contemporary addiction dance was kick-you-in-the-gut powerful, but their Broadway number was “ehh”. I think the audience got it right. VIDEO
To kill time, we’re teased with clips from the current SYTYCD Season 6 auditions. We see a snippet of a “whimsical” dancer form Boston named Teddy who makes it to Vegas. Is he THAT whimsical? I dunno, it just looked like a badly dressed guy dancing Contemporary *shrug* He also had that “meth-head”, picked-at, scabby face, so that turned me off a lil bit. Just me? Do you love Teddy already? VIDEO
SOLO DANCES: Time for our Bottom 3 couples to DANCE FOR THEIR LIVES! Caitlin (song: “Stand By Me” by Playing for Change) definitely does not brang it for me. She just coquettishly flits around stage without much power or passion. Jason (song: “Calm Touching” by Evaline) impresses me more in his solos and this was the case again tonight. He had some great, unique movement, lots of wound-up-then-explode twirls and spins. Jeanine (song: “Baby’s Romance” by Chris Garneau) is wearing some distracting golden dress and her jubblies are about to pop out. Her solo is weaker than last week’s and it seemed she has trouble finding her center in spins. Then, curse him as I do, Phillip really amazes me in his pop-locking solo. He is DEFINITELY so fun to watch in his own style, but you know what? They NEVER dance in his exact style on this show, and he hasn’t been that great in any other genre, so let’s just send him home please (excellent choice of music though - “The Diva Dance” from The Fifth Element).VIDEO
Our last DANCES FOR THEIR LIVES are Melissa and Ade. It’s our first time seeing them do a longer solo and I’m excited and nervous. These two deserve to survive, but what if the judges keep a more popular dancer (a.k.a. Chbeeb)? Melissa (song: “Kashira” by Kodo) does her ballet thang and it WORKS. She does the strongest female solo of the night (and I’m not into ballet). I worried about Ade (song: “Windowdipper” by Jib Kidder) until he did this INCREDIBLE backflip. He got SO much air it was absoutely amazing - and some really energetic moves in his solo - everyone gave him a standing ovation. I pray the judges keep him. VIDEO
As the judges leave to choose their Bottom Guy and Girl, DJ David Guetta and Kelly Rowland perform “When Love Takes Over”. Fast forward for me. VIDEO
ELIMINATED: Caitlin Kinney and Phillip Chbeeb.VIDEO
I can’t believe it! I really thought the judges were clinging on to Phillip so he could be in the Top 10 Tour, but looks like they worked things out with the producers: 1) Phillip goes because it’s HIS time, but 2) he and Caitlin still get to join the tour! Everybody wins. For the first time all season, Phillip almost makes me cry with his farewell speech about his difficult journey from a poor background. You’re alright by me, Chbeeb (even moreso now that you’re gone though).
Next week we have some big change-ups! The So You Think You Can Dancecouples must pair-up with new partners and the judges relinquish control of who gets eliminated to AMERICA. *gag* Will our “Top Dancers” still be as strong with weaker partners, and will overshadowed dancers gain some momentum with a new partner? Who do you want to see join forces? How about Kayla and Ade (KAdeyla?) or Brandon and Jeanine? The girls are much stronger than the guys at this point so there’ll be more than one person who’ll be downgrading partners. I can’t wait to see what happns!
As Erin mentioned, we here at Square Eyes have been collectively mourning the loss of the King of Pop since news of his death broke yesterday afternoon. I’ve been trying to come up with an appropriate tribute, and I think I’ve finally got something.
In 1991, Michael Jackson guest starred on The Simpsons, playing a big, goofy lookin’ patient named Leon Kompowski who Homer meets in a mental institution.
Leon/Michael goes on to visit the Simpson home and help Bart write a beautiful birthday song for his sister, “Happy Birthday Lisa.” It really is a lovely song, one any sister would be get all verklempt over.
For some reason, I could only find weird choppety clips of the scene, but you’ll definitely get the picture. Just try to hold back the tears whilst watching!